One surefire way to increase your spiritual health is through reading wisdom that points back to God. The Christian book market is exploding, and often it can be tough to know where to start. I decided to make a list of books for beginners, intermediate, and advanced followers. Consider this your reading guide, your “books every Christian should read” list.
Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
This book was extremely helpful for me in understanding my own personal faith
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan
Francis Chan is one of the greatest speakers you’ll ever hear, and this book rings true to his personal style while teaching some encouraging (and at times convicting) truth about what God’s love looks like.
Straight Talk: Clear Answers about Today’s Christianity: by Gary Pattengale
An amazing explanation of “Christianese” terms, making it easy for new believers to understand big concepts
Messy Spirituality: God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People by Mike Yaconelli
I’m messy. My bet is you’re messy, too. Don’t worry, God loves us anyway. Incredible, refreshing read!
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
Richard Foster gives extremely practical guides for practicing spiritual disciplines: prayer, meditation, service, etc. In my opinion, this is a must read for every believer.
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
If you like philosophy, you’ll love this book! This is THE essential C.S. Lewis text you’ll want in your library.
Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Set: This is what I use when prepping sermons, writing blogs, or just studying the word. 4 commentaries cover the whole New Testament. It’s a bit of a financial commitment but I am one very satisfied customer!
The NIV Application Commentary: Matthew: I have many books in this series as well and reference them regularly. Sometimes, I read through them during my daily time with God. I’ve grown immensely from reading through commentaries like these. I’ve linked just to the one over the book of Matthew.
NLT Study Bible: One of the easiest to read translations, the NLT is great for all levels
The Message: Bible paraphrase in easy to understand and inspirational language. Not a true “translation” but a great tool to have and read from if you want some inspiration or to hear the Bible put into common language.